BIG IDEA Pitch Contest Contest Applications Due March 31

By: Cat Pastoor

COD student Charlie Brizz gives his pitch at the front of a classroom.

Do you have a thousand-dollar business idea? Pitch your innovative product or service to a panel of expert judges as part of the College of DuPage BIG IDEA Pitch Contest.

Judges will be looking for inventive concepts that correspond to the real needs of today’s growing markets. Applications are due March 31.

The contest is open to public viewing, and will be broadcast to a livestreamed audience May 10. First prize will be $5,000, second prize will be $4,000 and third prize will be $3,000. All finalists will be awarded with a six-month membership to Innovation DuPage.

Applicants should be College of DuPage students or recent alumni of one to two years, local students who attend high school in DuPage County and students enrolled at one of the Academic Partners of Innovation DuPage.

For those who wish to learn more about the contest and the application process, an information session about the contest and application process will be held 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, via Zoom and in-person in Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1E07, at the College’s main campus in Glen Ellyn, 425 Fawell Blvd. Registration is required to attend.

2023 BIG IDEA Pitch Contest Application

For more information, visit the BIG IDEA Pitch contest.

College of DuPage is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Serving more than 22,000 students each term, College of DuPage is the largest public community college in the state of Illinois. The College grants seven associate degrees and offers more than 170 career and technical certificates in over 50 areas of study.

The College’s fall 2023 semester begins Monday, Aug. 21, and includes a 16-week, two 12-week and two eight-week sessions. Priority registration, for current students with 30 or more credits, begins April 12. Open registration begins April 19. For more information, visit